Claude K. Boettcher Wardrobe Trunk
Trunk stands on end, opening from the left to right. Inside right are five wood drawers with silver handles. Left side are wooden hangers suspended on steel rack. Wood bar holds clothes in place when being moved. Two steel locks at top and bottom with keyed lock in middle. Three heavy-duty hinges at door. Top of trunk, hinged for lifting up and covered with dark green velvet. Leather handle on right side of hinged opening.
Original Boettcher Deed Description: 1 Hartmann wardrobe trunk.
Per Moya Hansen's 2012 APF:
Hartmann trunk belonging to Claude K. Boettcher
Steamer trunk is not in pristine condition, but it was purchased by Claude K. Boettcher sometime some after he and his wife purchased the Cheeseman residence in 1923. The Hartmann Trunk Co. manufactured high-end luggage from 1877 - 1983 when it was purchased by Lenox, Inc. the Boettcher family toured the world acquiring furnishings and objets d'art, many of which were given, along with the residence, to the State of Colorado for use as the Governor's residence. Partly for that reason, HCC owns relatively few items belonging to the family.
Charles R. Boettcher took his son Claude into the his Great Western Sugar and and Ideal Cement cement empire and the Boettcher's became one of Colorado's wealthiest families. After Claude and his wife Edna Boettcher moved into the Cheesman Mansion in 1924, they traveled abroad. Although the date is obscured on the luggage tag, it's likely that this was a piece of luggage used by Claude on those travels.
NOTE: The original RFD indicated that the trunk belonged to Claude's father Charles R. Boettcher--after further research and examination of the trunk (C. K. B. in big white letters on the trunk) it was determined that it belonged to Claude (see DFA object file for email dated May 10, 2012, Donated as part of the original Boettcher collection donated by Edna Boettcher in 1960. On exhibit/in use at Governor's residence since 1960
*Stamped on top steel frame around velvet: "PAT MAR 25 1913"
*Printed on paper label left side of opening, pencil: C. K. Beeteche (uncertain) / 400 E. ? / Devner, Co. / Value $630 / Ship 1/15/13 / Col 6
*Chart printed above the paper label, attached to trunk: "ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING / PATENTS EMOBDIED IN THIS TRUNK: DEC 18 1905...FEB 4 1913 / OTHER APPLICATIONS PENDING"
*Stamped on wood hanger: "PATENT PENDING"
*Stamped on silver plated on each drawer: "Hartman"
*Rivited plate on side that opens: "THE HARTMAN TRUCK CO. / RACINE WISS. / Rite - Hite / WARDROBE TRUNK / Patented / and other Pats Pending"
*Stamped on main steel lock: "Stamford . Conn / U S A / The Yale & Towne / Mfg Co. / 8061 / Tale
*Stamped on steel plate by handle: "GANO - DOWNS / DENVER"
*Printed in white ink top: "C K B / DENVER / COLO."
*Stamped on part of leather handle: "9228? or 9350 hard to read.